Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 15 Prompt

What do you think are the best ways to market your library's fiction collection? Name and describe three ways you do or would like to market your library or your future library's fiction. These can be tools, programs, services, displays - anything that you see as getting the word out.

I've worked in public libraries in the past, and there are three different ways I liked to market the library collection.

1. Display with changing themes
There is a display in the middle of the floor right as you walk up the stairs into the adult department. Once a month, I would change the display to showcase a different fiction or non fiction group. Sometimes it would be a genre, but often it was just a collection of books with a common theme or story. I also would showcase an author if they were in the news for a new movie adaption or personal issue.

2. Monthly book club
The monthly book club is a book club every month where the readers read a newish fiction novel. I say newish because it was necessary to choose books about a year old where the library could get a lot of copies from other libraries since the library only had one or two. There were about 10-12 people participating in this book club every month. The library provide food for everyone, and participants would also bring food as sort of a "pot luck."

3. Summer Reading Program
Every year the library held a summer reading program for kids but in the past few years, they decided to add an adult reading program as well. Adults had free range of reading any books, but it allowed the patrons to read more books in the library collection. Most patrons went for the fiction books and the staff would also recommend books after talking to patrons about what else they read for the program.


  1. Great prompt response! You've got some innovative ideas that can definitely help! Full points!

  2. What is great about a book display is that you can choose themes that include both fiction and nonfiction that is represented in different formats.